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  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (606)

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "Character and Place"
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    Would you listen to The Orchardist again? Why?

    Don't usually listen to a book more than once, but I might with this one because the story and the voice were so entrancing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the depth of the character exploration. A long journey with a deep, quiet man who values his place and tries so hard to make the world around him more fair. So interesting to be with him as the forces of life find him hidden in his orchard and take him for a ride. Though the story moved slowly, it was only because the reader feels like she's living it with him and that is how life moves, one breath at a time.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will. I loved the richness of his voice and came to the performance to hear him as well as to find out what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I'm sure I'd enjoy reading this book, this is one of those that was pure pleasure to listen to.

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